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The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.

‘Emancipatory’ Disability Research and Special Educational Needs
‘Emancipatory’ disability research and special educational needs
Introduction

Disability Studies is a relatively new and rapidly expanding field that offers radical challenges to conventional thinking about the education of disabled children, and thus often appears at odds with more traditional approaches to the study of ‘special education’ and ‘special educational needs’ (SEN). In the UK, Disability Studies examines ‘inclusive education’ not ‘special education’, unmet educational needs not ‘special educational needs’ and disabled children not children with ‘SEN’. The disabled people's movement has organised around the premise that no one aspect of the disablement of people with impairments should be treated in isolation (UPIAS, 1976). Disability scholars then would argue that the inferior education received by disabled people cannot be separated from ...

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